Now accepting applications for our 2023-2024 Fellowship Program

June 3, 2023

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NOTE: The application period is now closed. Applications for our 2024-2025 cohort will open in June 2024.

Application deadline: July 9, 2023

Fellowship period: August 2023 – July 2024

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About our Fellowship Program

Portulans Institute offers opportunities for graduate students and young professionals to work on novel research related to human capital, technology, and innovation policies. We encourage applications from individuals in any country who are committed to understanding and advancing the inclusive and sustainable development of societies.

About the Portulans Institute

Founded in 2019, the Portulans Institute (PI) is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute based in Washington DC. Our mission is:

  • To develop cross-community knowledge and dialogue on how people, technology, and innovation contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • To inform policymakers, by producing independent, rigorous metrics and data-based research.
  • To collaborate with private sector leaders in driving a business agenda that invests in people, technology, and innovation for a prosperous common future.
  • To host and co-organize events and conferences on the above issues affecting human-centric sustainable economic prosperity.

As a Portulans Institute Fellow, you will… 

  • Have access to our network of policymakers, company leaders and academics who are focused on the role of innovation, technology, and ICT for sustainable growth. 
  • Have exclusive access to the data behind our indices and publications.
  • Take advantage of PI’s content distribution channels to publish your related research. 
  • Have the opportunity to join the global events of the Portulans Institute and be supported in organizing your own events. 
  • Be able to access a grant of up to US $1,000.00 during your Fellowship with PI.

What we’re looking for in our Fellows:

  • At least three years of relevant work or research experience in technology, innovation, global talent, public policy, business, economics, management, or a related field. 
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills. Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to explain technology to those that aren’t as familiar with technology tools or concepts.
  • Track record of success taking initiative, leading projects, and working with others.
  • Ability to work with a global team and flexibility to work remotely.
  • Fluent in English. Working knowledge of a second language is a plus. 
  • Ability to attend bi-weekly cohort meetings (schedule will be determined based on availability).
  • Committed to the Portulans Institute mission.

This is a global Fellowship. Residency in Washington DC is not required to be a fellow of the Portulans Institute.

Examples of past Fellowship activities:

  • Conducting research relevant policymaking topics covered by Portulans Institute  (see
  • Producing and publishing content for our blog.
  • Working on case studies of relevant countries, translating Portulans Institute findings in support of local policy making.  
  • Participating in and submitting briefs to conferences or events on behalf of PI.
  • Organizing dialogues with industry leaders, policymakers, key figures, etc. 
  • Hosting joint events with other think-tanks, governmental and non-governmental organizations, companies, etc. 
  • Developing training courses or workshops pertaining to relevant topics and applicable skill sets within the industry.
  • Supporting Portulans Institute by writing about your experience periodically, and by representing Portulans Institute at events.
  • Other relevant activities, as determined by the Fellow.

TO APPLY: Please complete this form. Fellowship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 9. If you have any questions, contact us at [email protected].

Learn more about our 2022-2023 Fellowship cohort: